According to the peer reviewed paper, Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam: Benefits and Risks, the California standard TB117 has not been shown to improve ﬁre safety and is thus presenting an unnecessary health hazard.
- Baby products do not pose a ﬁre hazard
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, their use in California has not led to a measurable improvement in ﬁre safety
- Flame retardants may decrease ﬁre safety since they increase the amount of carbon monoxide and toxic gases produced when a product does burn
This begs the question, “Why are they still used in baby products and furniture?”
The answer is easy. The producers of the ﬂame retardant chemicals spend millions of dollars lobbying at the state and federal levels to create and maintain regulations like the California furniture flammability standard TB117 which are favorable to their industry.
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